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Appalachian Trail Gear Review for 2021 Thru-hike

Appalachian Trail Gear Review for 2021 Thru-hike

Most of my gear to be consolidated into the red pack. Gear Review for 2021 With all the gear I have accumulated over the last nine months, it made sense...

Jan 24, 2021 : Darlene M
We All Have Demons, Get Ready to Face Them or Your Pre-Hike Reading List

We All Have Demons, Get Ready to Face Them or Your Pre-Hike Reading List

Why Are You Hiking the AT? - the question we can't fully answer. The most common question that is asked of anyone before they leave for a thru-hike is “Why?”...

Jan 8, 2021 : David Smith
Appalachian Trail Gear List for Older Hikers (Beginner-Friendly)

Appalachian Trail Gear List for Older Hikers (Beginner-Friendly)

Meet my stepmom, Nora. She’s loved hiking all her life and has dreamed about hiking the Appalachian Trail since she was in her 20s. Now at the age of 60...

Jan 8, 2021 : Jen Datka
My Favorite Gear for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

My Favorite Gear for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Last week we reviewed Saoirse “Story” Ibargüen’s biggest gear regrets from her 2018 Appalachian Thru-Hike. Now that you know what not to bring on the AT, it’s time we recommended...

Dec 18, 2020 : Sarah Wolfson
Gear Suggestions for an Appalachian Trail Winter Thru-Hike

Gear Suggestions for an Appalachian Trail Winter Thru-Hike

If you have your sights set on a thru-hike, section hike, or even just an overnight on the AT this winter, this article will help you figure out what to...

Nov 18, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
Bear Canisters: Which Fit in Which Packs, Where You Need Them, and How to Pack One

Bear Canisters: Which Fit in Which Packs, Where You Need Them, and How to Pack One

So you need to bring a bear canister on your next backpacking trip. Find out how to be comfortable while keeping your food and bears safe.

Sep 29, 2020 : Owen Eigenbrot
[Book Review] The Trail is the Teacher: Living and Learning on the Appalachian Trail

[Book Review] The Trail is the Teacher: Living and Learning on the Appalachian Trail

Clay Bonnyman Evans's new book about his Appalachian Trail hike—The Trail Is the Teacher: Living and Learning on the Appalachian Trail—is a delightful read, filled with trail icons, trail characters,

Sep 23, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Southbound Thru-Hikers: The Appalachian Trail Hiker Survey

Southbound Thru-Hikers: The Appalachian Trail Hiker Survey

Since I finished my Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hike in 2014, I’ve been working with The Trek to survey thru-hikers each year. Most of the hikers who take our surveys are...

Jul 15, 2020 : Mariposa
Gear Review: Big Agnes Torchlight UL 20-Degree Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Big Agnes Torchlight UL 20-Degree Sleeping Bag

In this strange, virus-infected spring, I find myself swooning to a new love, the Big Agnes Torchlight UL 20º, sent to The Trek for review. Though not able to road-test...

Jun 3, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Top Stoves and Filters: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Stoves and Filters: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

We surveyed 365 section or thru-hikers about their stove, food, and water preferences and their experience of illnesses on the Appalachian Trail in 2019. We found some interesting differences in

Apr 5, 2020 : Mariposa